When Sterling Shackelford was born in 1779, in Pittsylvania, Virginia, United States, his father, John Shackelford, was 35 and his mother, Anne White, was 33. He married Nancy McQuaid on 9 October 1809, in Carroll, Mississippi, United States. They were the parents of at least 4 sons and 3 daughters. He lived in Shelby, Kentucky, United States for about 40 years. He died on 30 August 1853, in Jackson Township, Putnam, Indiana, United States, at the age of 74, and was buried in New Maysville Cemetery, New Maysville, Jackson Township, Putnam, Indiana, United States.
English: habitational name from Shackleford in Godalming or Shackleford in Woking (both Surrey). The placename may derive from Old English sceacol ‘shackle’ or an element related to dialect shackle ‘loose’ (derived from sceacan ‘to shake’) + ford ‘ford’. This surname is now rare in Britain.